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ASRock X399 Phantom Gaming 6 (AMD X399) Motherboard Review (Page 10)

By Steven Bassiri on Mar 5, 2019 10:00 am CST - 1 min, 51 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 92%Manufacturer: ASRock

What's Hot

Price: At $250, the Phantom Gaming 6 is the least expensive X399 motherboard, which is its main selling point, and a good selling point. While you are limited, especially in overclocking, to the 180W SKUs, the motherboard is still a great bang for the buck.

2.5G LAN: You wouldn't expect the least expensive X399 motherboard to carry 2.5Gbit LAN, but in this case it does have the Realtek LAN controller and Intel Gbit LAN.

Simple Aesthetics: Some people just want the motherboard to fade into the background of their case, and the Phantom Gaming 6 can do that, but also look good if you need it too. The motherboard also has multiple RGB LED headers to light things up as well as some RGBs under the PCH heat sink.

What's Not

250W CPU support: There are some reviews of this motherboard that used the 2990WX, and to be honest, it's the wrong CPU for this motherboard. ASRock says this motherboard supports 180W CPUs, and the 2990WX is a 250W CPU, so we highly recommend sticking to the 180W SKUs, especially if you are going to OC.

Final Thoughts

One of the main selling points of the X399 platform over the X299 platform is affordability, and the X399 Phantom Gaming 6 brings this advantage to the forefront of the platform war. It's super affordable, offers a high amount of features including a 2.5Gbit NIC, offers some decent styling with the heat sink covering the IO area, and offers RGB LED headers and the like.

ASRock X399 Phantom Gaming 6 (AMD X399) Motherboard Review 84 | TweakTown.com

While we realize the motherboard can run 250W TDP CPUs, officially it's rated for 180W, and we didn't even want to try running it with PBOD enabled. We thought working with the motherboard was quite manageable, and we enjoyed having the basic power, reset, and clear CMOS buttons. We also like that ASRock included a WIFI M.2 slot, so you can add in WIFI later on. If you are looking for a solid affordable X399 motherboard for your 180W CPU, give the ASRock X399 Phantom Gaming 6 a look.

Performance88%

Quality92%

Features94%

Value95%

Overall Rating92%

The Bottom Line

While this motherboard is quite affordable, ASRock loaded it with a 2.5G NIC and all the features the X399 chipset has to offer.

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Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records under his belt. He brings that knowledge and experience to TweakTown.

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